IRVING — A new library is leading the way in helping the environment.
The $8 million West Irving Library — the city's first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) library — opened for business on Saturday.
Its environmentally-friendly improvements include 144 geothermal walls for heating and cooling and hundreds of solar power panels.
The 25,000 square foot building at the corner of Rochelle and Esters Roads replaces a storefront branch that was three times smaller.
The West Irving Library will be open 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.